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Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 30, 2016


In your Tuesday CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Quintana takes control of Vuelta a España; Costa and Ulissi ink two-year deals with new Chinese WorldTour project; China set to enter the WorldTour, but what’s the plan?; ‘Scared’ riders are creating successful escapes in ‘insanely hard’ Vuelta; Portsmouth bid for road world championships could affect Tour de France start bid; World champion triathlete killed while cycling; World and Olympic champs to race Québec WorldTour races; Van Avermaet sports new gold bike in return to racing; New British 10-mile TT records set; More teams confirmed for Revolution Series; Mountain biker kills attackers in robbery attempt; Deer collides with cyclist in triathlon; Cycling’s version of tough mudder; Vuelta a España, stage 10 recap; Vuelta a España, stage 9 on-board highlights; Peter Sagan VIP charity ride

Lagos de Covadonga - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Columbia / Team Movistar)  pictured during stage 10 from Lugones to Lagos de Covadonga - Vuelta Espana 2016 - photo Miwa iijima/Cor Vos © 2016

Quintana takes control of Vuelta a España

by Mark Zalewski

Many looked ahead to the Lagos de Covadonga stage as a sign of who might eventually win the overall this year. That prediction could be the case as Nairo Quintana (Movistar) put the peloton on notice with a dominant stage win to take over the race lead heading into the first rest day.

There was a large breakaway on the stage, which was not surprising since breaks have been so successful thus far and every team now wants a rider present. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) took the maximum points on the penultimate KOM, the Alto del Mirador del Fito. The KOM points on offer increased the gap to the peloton that had been slowly shrinking. On the bottom of the descent the unhappiness with the large size of the break showed as splits formed and groups reshuffled, trying to find a better size and makeup, while Movistar assumed control of the chasing peloton.

As the road began to pitch-up to yet another finish climb in this year’s Vuelta, Louis Vervaeke (Lotto Soudal) was the first to put in an attack. Pierre Rolland (Cannondale – Drapac) gave chase and the two crossed the 10km to go marker together, with the break splitting and the peloton now only two minutes behind. At 9km-to-go Rolland tried to go alone, further stretching out the group, taking along Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) with Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) close behind. Gesink eventually dropped the other two to go for the win alone.

In the reduced peloton, some of the GC favourites finally began to test each other with Nairo Quintana (Movistar) pushing the pace, looking at how Chris Froome (Sky) would respond. Quintana put in a big dig with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) going with the Colombian, leaving Froome behind while Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) simply sat on Froome’s wheel. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michele Scarponi (Astana) also chased. But Froome did not panic as he had enough kilometres left to recover, and he eventually dropped Chaves in pursuit of the Quintana group.

Up front Quintana eventually dropped everyone and went for the win. Behind Froome eventually caught and passed the chasers with Gesink finding enough energy to go with him to take second on the stage, 24 seconds behind the new race leader. Quintana now leads his teammate Valverde and Froome by nearly a minute.

Stage 10: Lugones > Lagos de Covadonga - Stage Result

Monday 29th August 2016

1. co
Movistar Team
2. nl
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
3. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky

Today’s feature image comes from the Schaal Sels race.

  • Berne Shaw

    Give Quintana’s weight 128 pounds and Froom 157 pounds Froome is a super elite athlete to climb even or better at times then Quintana!

    That is 29 foot pounds of work done more by Froome every foot of elevation gain, i.e. he lifts 29 lbs each and every foot of altitude gained more.

    For a 3000 foot climb that is 87,000 foot pounds of energy more than Quintana.

    • santiagobenites

      Are you still trying your very best to imply that Froome is doping? How’s that going for you? I can tell you that it’s pretty lame from my perspective.

      • James_Casper

        I’m pretty sure Berne called Froome a super elite athlete. No mention of doping at all. You’re the one who brought it up. You’re pretty quick on the defence.


      • Sean

        You’re the only one talking about doping, he quite clearly called Froomie a super elite.

    • Cam

      I would have thought the three TDF wins was indication enough that he is a super elite athlete…

    • James Dunn

      FWIW, 87000 foot pounds is about 112 BTU.

      • Dave

        Or continuing the theme of obscure non-standard units, about 0.044 horsepower-hours.

    • Dave

      The only use of a foot in cycling is to push the pedal around.

      The only use of a pound in cycling is to pay British riders.

      Elevation is always in metres, mass in kilograms, energy in joules and power in watts.

    • jules

      Froome is taller than Quintana. he has longer leg muscles and greater muscle mass. that is how he compensates for having to lift the additional mass.

  • Neil_Robinson

    GVA’s gold setup is too much. Too much I say! I though Sammy Sanchez was over the top, and GVAs at a new level of gold (but not “gold” in some good way, do kids use “gold” to mean good any more?).

    Anyone got insight if it was GVA or the sponsors desire that pushed it to…. this?

    Obviously everyone else is entitled to their (wrong if they disagree w me) opinion.

    • Bex

      Bring on the bling i say, only once every 4yrs does someone get the opportunity to add the gold highlights (or in this case go full gold). it’s like the world champs jersey except it lasts for 4yrs. i think after that he should tone it down to a pinstripe or something but for now go for it. I’d also reckon it’s the sponsors doing something to draw a bit of attention to their brand, GVA may go for the big glasses but i doubt he’d have requested the full gold frame.

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  • Tricky Dicky

    17 minutes for a 10 mile TT is insane. Brings back teenage memories of slogging up and down dual carriageways in suburban England… hell.

    Kudos to Hayley in the women’s event too although I don’t approve of the white skinsuit and the blatant sock/overshoe doping.

  • On a charity ride from Adelaide to Geelong a few years ago one of our bunch was collected by a deer attempting to leap over the top of him. Did his collarbone and completely snapped his ankle – among other injuries. What was the worst was that he lay on the road for about an hour before the nearest ambo could get to us. Those things are crazy.


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